On Thursday, April 25, 2013, the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Boston Section held its Semiannual Meeting at the Forsyth Institute in Cambridge.
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) was represented strongly in the Boston Section by representatives Dr. Robert Gyurko (President), Corinna Culler (Secretary), and Dr. Mary Tavares (Alternate Councilor). GSDM students Layeeq Ahmed AS 13, Suha Al Judaibi PERIO & ORAL BIO 15, Debora Heller PERIO 16, Adriana Valery Lara PERIO & ORAL BIO 15, Na Tian ORAL BIO 14, and Mariana Velazquez OMFS 14 (with research guidance from Drs. Eva Helmerhorst, Frank Oppenheim, Andrew Salama, Erdjan Salih, and Guoxian Wei) did poster presentations, and Na Tian gave an oral presentation.
The evening began with a business meeting, followed by a keynote lecture from Ricardo P. Teles of the Forsyth Institute and Harvard School of Dental Medicine titled, “Biomarkers of Periodontal Disease Progression.” After the lecture, the students gave their oral and poster presentations. The meeting ended with a reception.
Roughly 70 people attended the meeting, with 19 of those from GSDM. Among the School attendees were Dr. Leslie Will, Anthony A. Gianelly Professor and Chair, Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics and Director of the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics; Dr. Robert Gyurko, Associate Professor, Department of Periodontology & Oral Biology; and Corinna Culler, Assistant Professor and Director of School-based Programs.
“The goal of these meetings is to bring together Boston area dental researchers twice a year for social and scientific interactions and to foster collaborations,” said Dr. Gyurko. “The Boston Section is the largest among all local sections of the AADR, giving us a unique opportunity to work together and also to make our voices heard on the national level.”